What We Believe
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We believe the Holy Spirit guided and directed human authors to create God’s written means of communication with us, which reveals God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity. The Bible is God’s blueprint for living the Christian life and is our source for faith and practice.
We believe in one God, who exists in three distinct persons…the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in being, essence, character, power and eternal qualities.
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior who came to earth in the flesh to reveal God to humans and to restore all of fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. We believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; he is both fully human and fully God. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and embodies the truth about God and the Truth of God. Jesus willingly died on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for sinful humans and to provide salvation for all humanity. His sacrifice in our place provides all humans the means to be reconnected with their loving Creator. We believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven, where he rules as our Lord (absolute authority) and advocate. Jesus will return to earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the divine personhood of the Holy Spirit as an equal part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God present, living within each follower to empower a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the change agent in the lives of Jesus’ followers, illuminating God’s word for understanding and application in the life of each. The Spirit is involved in progressively transforming each follower into the image of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community and world at large to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation.
We believe the Church (also known as the Body or Bride of Christ in scripture) is a spiritual organism made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who are called to live in fellowship and worship together. We believe in the priesthood of all believers: everyone in relationship with Christ is gifted, empowered and called to serve within God’s mission to reach the world. The Church is God’s vehicle on earth to bring about God’s justice and mercy for all people.
To help people look to Jesus and live like Jesus in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
THE STRATEGIES FOR THE MISSION
Connect - Experience your relationship with Jesus by your side. Connect with others.
Grow - Develop your relationship with Him in faith and community.
Serve - Deploy your relationship with Jesus by serving God and others.
We come together to worship -- celebrating God's goodness and faithfulness in our lives. We need encouragement, teaching, the opportunity to give of our resources and a sense of God's dynamic presence in our midst as we come before God. We offer traditional, contemporary, Adults with Special Needs (Believer's Garden) and skate church (U|sK8).
Missions - Finding A Ministry
Each of us can serve in ministry to accomplish Christ’s mission by following Jesus’ example. At The U, we place a high value on using our unique, God-given gifts to serve others. Meaningful service allows us to make the most of our time.
Small Groups - In Life Groups Together
The Christian life is lived out with people. Trusting relationships allow us to know one another deeply and to be known. What we receive from God is always matured, tested and developed in the context of people, like you, in God's Church. For more information, check out our Adult Discipleship page.
WHAT WE BELIEVE IT MEANS TO BE A DISCIPLE
Undiluted Devotion to the Lordship of Jesus Christ
- Biblical authority ~ Matthew 4:3, 7, 10
- Spirit-discerned ~ John 16:12-15
- Incarnational ~ John 14:12-14
A Kingdom of God Worldview
- Intentional, inclusive diversity ~ Acts 2:5-11, Ephesians 2:11-14
- Justice (Good News for the Poor) ~ Isaiah 61/Jesus’ Mission Statement
- Grace (experienced & demonstrated through our relationships) ~ Ephesians 2:8-10
A Missional Lifestyle
- Participants in authentic community – oikos (extended family) ~ Acts 2:46
- Stewardship of time, talents, treasure and creation ~ Matthew 25:14-30, Mark 10:17-25, Genesis 2:15
- Service ~ Romans 12:1
- Practice of personal & corporate disciplines, including personal devotion & corporate worship & commitment to spiritual, physical & relational health ~ Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:22-25
- Simplicity ~ Luke 9:1-6, Acts 2:44-45
HOW WE ARE KNOWN
University United Methodist Church - Helping People Look to Jesus and Live Like Jesus.